A Trip to Lake Tahoe: Everything You Need to Know

Lake Tahoe

California is filled with some of the best destinations, so choosing the perfect getaway locale can be overwhelming. In effort to offer some guidance, we’ll explore a different getaway city in California every week for the next five weeks.

Tahoe During Winter

This week’s city gets extremely cold in the winter and scorching hot in the summer. We’re referring to Lake Tahoe, home of the mountains. The city may be small, but it’s surrounded with several attractions, including Reno, Nevada. In the winter, thousands of skiers fill the city for its ski resorts. South and North Lake Tahoe have several resorts, but choose wisely as lift tickets can get pricey. A one-day ticket at Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar cost a little over $100. If you want to save some money, head over to Homewood Mountain Resort or Diamond Peak Resort. We found lift tickets for under $65.

Now the city isn’t just for skiers. It’s also family-friendly. If you plan on staying in South Tahoe, there are several snow parks where families could have fun without spending a fortune. Adventure Mountain, located at the top of Echo Summit is open seven days a week December through April. The park has 16 sledding runs and plenty of space for kids to play in the snow.

But if you’re looking for something more adventurous, there’s dog sledding, an activity that will have you and your family riding through the white covered hills of Tahoe. However, make sure you book in advance due to the unpredictable weather. Also, some businesses close during the weekdays so that the dogs can rest.

Speaking of furry friends, this city is extremely pet-friendly. A popular dog park is Bijou Park located in South Tahoe. The park has two separate areas for small and large dogs.

Tahoe During Summer

If you rather skip the cold weather and head to Tahoe during the summer, the city has plenty to offer. Both North and South Tahoe are right near the lake making it easy to take a boat ride or rent a jet ski. But if you’re not ready to take on the lake alone, we found jet ski tours.  Ski Run Boat Company offers a two-hour tour for $125. The city is also filled with great hiking and biking trails for those that love the outdoors. A popular trail is Tahoe Trim Rail, a 165-mile trail that travels along the entire lake.

There are also great restaurants in Lake Tahoe. If you’re looking for a good home breakfast in South Tahoe, head to Heidi’s Family Restaurant. Don’t let the outdated décor foul you; this restaurant has the best breakfast in town. Another great find in North Tahoe is Rosies Café. This small restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it’s literally across the street from the lake.  Seafood lovers should also check out Sushi Pier, which is located in Stateline, NV. This restaurant has an all-you-can eat menu for $25. Just make sure you arrive early to avoid the long wait.

Now if you’re looking to have some fun at night, North and South Tahoe both have casinos. In South Tahoe, there’s the Horizon, Harris, Harvey’s, Montbleu Resort and Spa and Lakeside. Harvey’s and Harris offer the convenience of staying at one location as both casinos have an underground hallway. North shore only offers limited gambling, so if you have the gambling bug you may want to head over to a neighboring city in Nevada like Reno or Carson City.

But no matter what shore you pick, both North and South Tahoe have something unique to offer. Next week we’ll cover Sonoma, a small city known for its wine.

Photo Credit: Featured image courtesy of Ridge Tahoe Resort Hotel